1849 - Major General Winfield Scott - Mexican-American War Medal. Julian MI-26
1849 - Major General Winfield Scott - Mexican-American War medal. For the Battles of Vera Cruz, Cerro Corde, Contreras, San Antonio & Churubusco, Molino Del Rey, and Chapultepec. Listed in Robert Julian’s Medals of the United States Mint 1792-1892 as MI-26. Large Bronze medal measures 90 mm (over 3 ½ inches) in diameter. Encased in a large NGC holder and labeled MS63 BR. Designed and engraved by Charles Cushing Wright.
This impressive and enormous medal was struck from the dies used to strike the gold medal awarded to Major Winfield Scott and commemorates six battles during the War with Mexico, represented in detailed vignettes surrounding the reverse. A seventh central vignette is entitled “City of Mexico”. This medal was one of the largest medals struck by the US Mint at the time, a reflection of the abilities that had been achieved by the US Mint at the time.
The medal has gorgeous mahogany-brown surfaces and has a few small areas of discoloration that are of such little contrast to the color of the medal that they are barely discernible to the naked eye. While NGC has perhaps given this medal an MS 63 rating due to these minor flaws – they are misapplying coin grading standards to a magnificent medal that is one of the nicest examples of this incredible medal that you will find.